Being Giveful

Human beings are wired to Be Giveful

Adopt giving and receiving as a personal wellness practice.

What is Being Giveful?

Being Giveful is a personal wellness practice – the continuous, conscious, and creative practice of giving of yourself to others while being open to receiving.

Like yoga, meditation, and other wellness practices, Being Giveful nourishes your body and soul. However, Being Giveful also benefits those around you along the way.

Continuous

Elevate giving and receiving into a way of being.

Conscious

Be present and proactive – give when you see the opportunity.

Creative

Use your unique gifts to innovate on how and what you give.

How does it work?

Being Giveful is a simple, internal practice that involves three easy steps.

1. Awareness

Know yourself and be present and aware of the opportunities around you to Be Giveful.

2. Action

Act when an opportunity aligns with your values and invites you to use your gifts.

3. Acceptance

Accept and enjoy all the gifts you receive – including the joy that follows an act of giving.

A Simple Being Giveful Story From Pat

The other day, I was on the elevator at my mom’s place, delivering her groceries and picking up her laundry, when an older gent joined me. He was a bit hunched over and alone.

One of my gifts is the ability to talk with anyone. I said, “Hello, sir. How are you today?”

He looked up, saw my packages, including the fresh flowers, and commented that I would make someone happy today. I shared I hoped so.

When the elevator stopped, I allowed him to exit first and soon found myself walking up behind him in the hall. Trying not to make him feel I was rushing him, I said, please don’t think I am following you.

That’s when he turned around and said, “This happens every time I meet a pretty woman.” I laughed so hard.

In less than five minutes, this gentleman had “seen” me, made me laugh, and called me pretty. He had given me three beautiful gifts, just for saying hello.

The gift of receiving

Being Giveful includes receiving. Our body rewards us with good feelings when we help others. We get a hit of oxytocin, resulting in what is known as a "helper's high." Being Giveful invites you to be open to all the gifts from your giving.

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Benefits of Being Giveful

Improved physical wellbeing

Numerous research studies outline the potential health benefits of regular giving and receiving, which include:

  • Decreased stress
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Lower risk of diseases
  • Longer life

Improved mental health

People who practice Being Giveful are more likely to have a sense of purpose, which can lead to:

  • Less depression
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Greater happiness

Why is Being Giveful critical right now?

We live in turbulent times. People are struggling.

The 2023 US Surgeon General’s report calls loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection our generation’s greatest challenge. He states that “the mortality impact of being socially disconnected is similar to that caused by smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.”

One strategy to combat loneliness is to cultivate a culture of connection. We can elevate informal, everyday practices in which we engage with one another to spread empathy and compassion and combat the isolation epidemic.